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Blog Day : 3894 Post No. : 14930

“Jail Yatra”(1947) was produced and directed by Gajanan Jageerdaar for Jaageerdaar productions, Bombay. This “Social” movie had Gajanan Jageerdaar, Kamini Kaushal, Raj Kapoor, Harish, Bikram Kapoor, Badri Prasad, Sunalini Devi, Dixit, Ramlal, Hemavati, Pratima Devi , Sagar, Munawwar Khan, Rammurty, Satyanarayan, Ramlal, Shamlal etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Two songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the third song from “Jail Yatra”(1947) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Ninu Majumdar and Meena Kapoor. Sajjan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ninu Majumdar.

Only the audio of the song is available. From the sounds of it, the song appears to be a dance song. Gajanan Jageerdaar , the hero of the movie, most probably lip synced in Ninu Majumdar’s voice. I am less sure about the lady lip syncing in Meena Kapoor’s voice. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.


Song-O gori kahaan chali us paar (Jail Yaatra)(1947) Singers-Ninu Majumdar, Meena Kapoor, Lyrics-Sajjan, MD-Ninu Majumdar

Lyrics

o gori kahaan chali us paar
o gori kahaan chali us paar
chhod ke gaanvon ki bahaar
arri sun
mor bole ho
aeji mor bole
mor bole mor bole ho

rasiya jaaungi us paar
bulaate hain jagmag baazaar
rasiya jaaungi us paar
bulaate hain jagmag baazaar
man hamaar dole ho
man hamaar dole ho

gori rum jhum rum jhum baaje
saawan ki bauchhaar
gori rum jhum rum jhum baaje
saawan ki bauchhaar
rasiya chhoom chhananchhan baaje
rasiya chhoom chhananchhan baaje
paayal ki jhankaar
rasiya chhoom chhananchhan baaje
paayal ki jhankaar

hamaara hara bhara hai gaanv
hamaara hara bhara hai gaanv
aam ki thhandi thhandi chhaanv
arri sun mor bole ho
aeji more bole
mor bole mor bole ho


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Blog Day : 3747 Post No. : 14709

“Gopinath”(1948) was produced by Brij Kishore Agrawal and directed by Mahesh Kaul for Shanti Lok Chitra Production, Bombay. The movie had Raj Kapoor, Tripti Mitra, Nand Kishore, Latika, Sachin Ghosh, Anwari Bai, Feroz, Niranjan Tiwari, Mahesh Kaul, Randhir, Baby Zubeida etc in it.

This “social” movie had nine songs in it that were penned by three lyricists namely Soordas, Meerabai and Rammurty Chaturvedi. Two of the three “lyricists”, viz Soordas, Meerabai lived hundreds of years ago and their influence on Indian music scene can be seen from the fact that lots and lots of songs used in HFM and elsewhere were their creations.

Two songs from the movie have been covered in the past.

Here is the third song from “Gopinath”(1948) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Meena Kapoor. Meera bai (1498-1546), who lived more than four hunndred years ago is credited as the lyricist. This is the 37th song in the blog that is “penned” by Meera Bai !

Music is composed by Ninu Majumdar.

Picturisation shows this song being lip synced by Tripti Mitra, who was the wife of Shombu Mitra- well known as director of “Jaagte Raho”(1956). The young girl visible in the picturisation should be baby Zubeida.


Song-Main birhan baithhi jaagoon jagat sab sowe ri aali (Gopinath)(1948) Singer-Meena Kapoor, Lyrics-Meera Bai, MD-Ninu Majumdar

Lyrics

main birhin baithhi jaagoon
jagat sab sowe ri aali
main birhin baithhi jaagoon
jagat sab sowe ri aali

dulhan baithhi rang mahal mein
motiyan ki lad pove
dulhan baithhi rang mahal mein
motiyan ki lad pove ae
ik dulhan hum aisi dekhe
ik dulhan hum aisi dekhe
ansuwan maala pove ri
main birhin baithhi jaagoon
jagat sab sowe ri aali
main birhin baithi jaagoon
jagat sab sowe ri aali

taare gin gin rain bihaani
sukh ki ghadi kab aave
taare gin gin rain bihaani
sukh ki ghadi kab aave ae ae
meera ke prabhu giridhar naagar
meera ke prabhu giridhar naagar
jab unhen darash dikhaave ri
main birhin baithhi jaagoon
jagat sab sowe ri aali
main birhin baithi jaagoon
jagat sab sowe ri aali


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Today’s song is from an old film School Master-1943. This was a Sun Art Pictures film, produced and Directed by the veteran C M Luhar. The Music director was Ninu Majumdar. There were 10 songs in the film. 5 were by Pt. Indra and 5 were by Pt. Bharat Vyas. Our today’s song is by Bharat Vyas. It is a duet sung by Karan Dewan and Rajkumari. The cast of the film was Jeevan, Maya Banerjee, Karan Dewan, Kaushalya,Gope, Rajkumari Shukla, Susheel kumar and others.

I have not seen this film, but have seen the same name film of 1959. I do not know if their stories were same, but the Hero was same- Karan Dewan. Actor Jeevan was in contract with Prakash Pictures during this period and was taken on loan from them officially for this film. The film of 1959 was a remake of a Kannada film of the same name made in 1958. The film was so popular that besides Hindi a remake in Telugu was made in 72, Tamil in 73, Malayalam in 64 and in Odiya in 85. It was also remade in Kannada in 2010. All these films had the same title School Master. The first Kannada film was inspired by a Marathi film ” Oon Paus ” ( ?? ???? ), which was, in turn, inspired by a Hollywood movie “Make way for Tomorrow”-1937. So much for the originality of Indian film makers !

Believe it or not,but LUCK plays a great role in Film Industry.

I am not talking about the ‘Rags to Riches’ or ‘Riches to Rags’ stories in the film industry. They are there,ofcourse,for everyone to see.

I am thinking about all those geniuses and and born actors,who could never make it to the top.I am thinking of those extras,who came all the way from far off places,with a dream in their eyes and finally ended up as ‘Junior Artists’ -a respectful term for Extras.

I am also thinking of all those Talented Composers,like Sajjad Hussain,Daan Singh,Vinod,Sardar Malik,C.Arjun,Shridhar Parsekar and few others,who,despite their Talents and art could never make it great in the Film Industry.

I am also talking about those superfine actors who were sensitive,talented,hardworking but could not make it to the Top in their lives.

I am also talking about those actors, who were very good looking, but not very good in expressions and acting,but still made it to the Top for some period.Those actors, after whom the producers were running with fat moneybags and those actors who got much more than what they actually deserved for their ‘acting’.

Interestingly,in each decade of the 40s, 50s and 60s there was at least one actor who had an extraordinary luck which took him to the top-but not for long.These actors worked with Top actresses of their times,got the best songs and films were made only for them.

In the 40s, it was KARAN DEWAN. he came to the Silver screen with Punjabi film ‘Puran Bahadur’,but it was Ratan -44 which made his life.The music of Ratan made history and he became a STAR overnight.He was a good-looker,but acting wise he was nothing.His luck was so strong that after Ratan-44,roles came to him in scores and he acted with the best Heroines of his days-like Nargis, Meena Kumari, Nalini Jaywant, Suraiya, Madhubala, Noorjahan, Munawwar Sultana, Swarnalata, Meena Shorey, Kamini Kaushal, Geetabali, Vaijayantimala, Sandhya etc etc….

Once his luck worn out, he had to work as a Production Manager with B R Chopra.When he died, only his colleagues from the Cine Artists’ Association, Chandrasekhar and Manmohan Krishna attended his funeral-nobody else from the film industry !

The ‘Chikana’ Hero of the 50’s was BHARAT BHUSHAN. Though he started with Chitralekha -1941 ( he was in the role of a disciple in the Ashram and was No 17 in the credits of the film!),he became famous because of the musical films of the 50s. He did about 180 films in his career and worked,without exception,with all leading Heroines of his times.he also got the best songs of the decade.
However he never won any acclaim for his acting skills.He always survived with best music and beautiful heroines. Once this supply receded,his days were numbered and he spent his last days in difficult times.

In the 60s and the third in this list was PRADEEP KUMAR,whose top period was late 50s and all 60s, though his last film came in 1994-2 years after his death. Acting wise he was most ordinary,but in looks he always looked Royal. Roles of Princes and Kings suited him best. I don’t remember the film name,but in one film he is shown begging on the road,but even there he was looking like as if he was the king of beggars ! He did many films as a Police Officer,but even in that role he looked a ‘Raees” policeman !

Handsome all Three-they also had one thing common amongst them- Their brothers produced many films (not all) for them, and everyone died in conditions not befitting their images.

Jaimini Dewan made films( including Ratan) for Karan Dewan.

R.Chandra produced films for Bharat Bhushan

and

Kalidas was the producer for many of Pradeep Kumar’s films.

Dewan Karan Chopra aka Karan Dewan ( 6-11-1917 to 2-8-1979 ) youngest of three brothers was born at Gujranwala, Punjab (now in Pakistan), British India. He studied in Lahore, where he became interested in Journalism and started editing a film magazine in Urdu, Jagat Lakshmi. One of the local distributors he met was Tarachand Barjatya, who was then the Manager of Chandanmal Inder Kumar’s distribution office at Lahore. Through his connection with Barjatya he landed in Calcutta, and in 1939, made his acting debut as Puran in the Punjabi feature film Puran Bhagat

Dewan started his film career with the role of Puran in Puran Bhagat in Punjabi in 1939 in Calcutta. It was produced by Raisaheb Sukhlal Karnani and directed by Roop K. Shorey’s father R. L. Shorey. His second film Mera Maahi (1941) was also a Punjabi film, directed by Shankar Mehta at Lahore and starring Ragini and Manorama. This was the movie in which he sang songs for the first time in the movies under the baton of legendary music director Shyam Sunder. Later, in Rattan, he sang for the first time in Hindi movies for Naushad. B R Chopra, then working as a film journalist in Lahore, helped Karan Dewan to get in touch with Devika Rani, who invited Dewan to come to Bombay. When this did not help Dewan get films, he taught “Urdu pronunciation to actors and actresses”.

In 1944, Karan Dewan acted in Rattan, a musical romantic drama, directed by M. Sadiq, which became one of the most popular films of that year. “A tremendous hit”, it paired Dewan with Swarnalata. His decisive film was Rattan (1944), which was produced by his brother Jaimini Diwan, and this movie had turned out to be the biggest hit of 1944. He also sang songs in this movie under music director Naushad, and his song “Jab Tum Hi Chale Pardes” became popular. He sang in films such as Piya Ghar Aaja (1947), Mitti Ke Khiloune (1948) and Lahore (1949). His other important films were Zeenat (1945), Lahore (1949), Dahej (1950), Bahar (1951) and Teen Batti Char Rasta (1953). Known as a “jubilee star”, about twenty of his films are stated to have been jubilee (twenty-five weeks or more) hits.

Dewan married co-actress Manju in 1944 following the release of Rattan, in which she had a character role. By 1966, he was working as a casting agent for the film unit of Maya (1966). He continued to work in the 1960s and 1970s playing supporting parts in films such as Apna Ghar (1960), Shaheed(1965), Jeene Ki Raah (1969) and Nadaan (1971), with the last film in which he was credited being Sohanlal Kanwar’s Atmaram (1979).

He worked in 73 films and sang 18 songs in 9 films. He worked with all leading actresses of his times,including Noorjehan and Nargis. At the end of his career, however, he was down financially and had to work as a Manager with B R Chopra’s company. When he died, except two workers of Cine artistes association, no one else from Film industry was present.

Film industry is one industry where men and women have to work together. Whether it is Actor-director or Singer-Composer, for the sake of work they have to spend much time together. No wonder then that Cupid does his work overtime. Sometimes there are mutual attraction and at times there are one sided fires burning. In most cases the one sided fire is extinguished in a very painful way, like what P L Santoshi faced with actress Rehana or the slap Sanjiv Kumar got from actress Nutan.

There were cases when love of Dilip kumar for Madhubala, died in the High court witness Box, when he gave evidence against her father in the ‘ Naya Daur ‘ legal case. Dev Anand’s love with Suraiyya ended happily for Dev Anand with him marrying Kalpana Kartik, but Suraiyya stayed “Unmarried”, in his ” yaad”, throughout her life. Here the villain was her so called ” Grand mother “, who actually was her own mother, as documented in the book “Stars from another sky” by Saadat Hasan Manto !

The successful 2-way traffic usually ended with a marriage. We can see marriages between producers and Actresses( Himanshu Rai-Devika rani and W Z Khan and actress Nina), directors and singers/actresses ( Nalini jaywant-Virendra Desai, Shaukat Hussain-Noorjehan, Geeta Dutt-Guru Dutt, Lalita Pawar-G.P.Pawar, Rattanbai-Hafiz Khan), Actors and Actresses ( Arun Ahuja-Nirmala devi, Snehprabha Pradhan-Kishore Sahu, Dev Anand-Kalpana Kartik, Dharmendra- Hema Malini, Rajesh Khanna-Dimple Kapadiya, Amitabh Bachchan-Jaya, Abhishek-Aishwarya, Kishore Kumar-Madhubala, Premnath-Bina Rai, Karan Dewan-Manju Desai, Marutirao Pehlwan-Tara Devi.)

There were some odd combinations like Satyendranath Athiah-Bhanu Athaiya (Lyricist-Costume designer),Lyricist-Singer (Amar Verma-Manik Verma), Singer-villain (Shakti Kapoor- Shivangi Kolhapure),Music teacher-student ( Roshan-Ira Moitra, Hemant Kumar-Bela Mukherjee, C.Ramchandra-‘Ben’ Ratan Thakur), and even a singer-Orchestra player (Vinita Amladi-Krishna Chakravarty) and lastly between singer-singers ( Jyoti-G M Durani, Gauhar Karnataki- Bal Gandharva). There were those pairs who were singers-actors ( Amirbai- Himalayawala,Rafiq Gazanavi- Anwari bai).

The interesting group, however,was that of Composer-Singers ( Sudhir Phadke-Lalita Deulkar, Asha Bhosle-R D Burman, Naashad-Premlata, Anil Biswas-Meena Kapoor, Pannalal Ghosh-Parul Ghosh, Khayyam-Jagjit Kaur, Ghulam Haider-Umrao Zia begum, Kamal Dasgupta-Firoza begum, Ninu Majumdar-Kaumudi Munshi).

Ninu (Niranjan) Majumdar was born on 9-9-1915 in a Gujarati Nagar Brahmin family of Baroda (Vadodara). Ninu was a pet name that he became famous by. His real name was Niranjan, which he later used as a pen name in his Gazals. His father, Nagendra Mazumdar made silent films. He was also a Music Director and Lyricist in his times. Ninu Majumdar’s name is variously written as Mujumdar, Muzumdar, Majumdar and Mazumdar.

After the early influence of Faiyaz Khan, Mazumdar’s search took him to various routes and he studied different kinds of music before he came into his own to become one of the first Gujarati Sugam Sangeet (light music) singer. He soon graduated to composing his own music and writing songs. Apart from classical music, the earlier influence was also of Ravindra Sangeet. This was at the time when Bengali language enjoyed prestige among Gujaratis of a kind that was comparable to the status of French among the English speaking nations. He grew out of it in a few years.

The more lasting influence on his music was that of folk songs and semi-classical music of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) like the Hori, Chaiti, Barkha Biraha as well asThumri and Dadra. He learned these during his stint in U.P. where he did farming for some years and also kept in touch through association with people like Satyendra Trivedi, a connoisseur of music and the “Thumri Queen”, Siddheshwari Devi, a family friend and his wife Kaumudi’s Guru.

Ninu’s ambition, even when he started his schooling in music at Baroda, was to become a music director in films. From 1937 onwards he participated in light Gujarati musical programmes. He also produced several features for All India Radio. From 1954, Mazumdar worked with all India Radio in Mumbai for over 20 years as Light Music Producer. He would have liked to take part in Hindi programmes too but the shortage of Gujarati artists forced him to concentrate on programmes in that language.

When in charge of music for the newly launched Vividh Bharati, that had to compete with Radio Ceylon without using any film music (film music was not played on AIR for several years due to conflicts over contracts and royalties), he successfully produced programmes inviting Salil Chaudhary, Kanu Ghosh and others from Bombay Youth Choir or IPTA and using voices of Manna Dey and other well known artists. Later when the issue of royalties was settled between the film producers and AIR, Mazumdar was the first to produce the popular Jaymala Programme by interviewing eminent persons from the film industry.

A career in films was also cut out for Ninu Mazumdar, as his father, Nagendra Mazumdar, was a dramatist and film producer. Nagendra was not much of a musician but he imparted his son training in music from the very early days.

Ninu found the field restricted, in a way in films, because of the need of working at a very fast pace and with view to pleasing the majority among the public. Ninu tried to introduce a new trend in film music, that of, adding a classical touch by borrowing from the old masters like Surdas. These attempts met with considerable success in Gopinath, a picture in which Ninu had interest as a producer as well.

It was in films made in the forties that a young Ninu Mazumdar’s voice could be heard. He sang with Sardar Akhtar in “Uljhan”, with Amirbai Karnataki in “Paristan” and Meena Kapoor in “Gopinath”.

He provided music for Jail Yatra and Gopinath, two of the earliest Raj Kapoor films. It is well documented by now that the Yashomati Maiyase Poochhe Nandlala song in RK movie Satyam Shivam Sundaram is a direct lift from Mazumdar’s Aai Gori Radhika in Gopinath.

He also composed music for several Gujarati Films like “Jeevano Jugari”, “Okha Haran”, “Sharad Poonam” etc.

He sang and penned quite a few of his songs. Amongst others who sang for him were Meena Kapoor, Shamshad Begum, Geeta Dutt, Suraiya, Hameedabanu, Pradeepji, C.H.Atma, Ameerbai Karnataki, Raj Kapoor, Shankar Dasgupta, S.D.Batish, Lakshmi Shankar, Talat Mehmood, Siddheshwari Devi, Rajkumar, Nalini Mulgaonkar, Dilip Dholakia, Ajeet Merchant, Shobha Gurtu, Sarla Bhide, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale, Manna Dey, Kishori Amonkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Leela Mehta, Premlata Naik, Kishori Ghia, Suman Kalyanpur, Kaumudi Munshi,etc.

Vetern composer Ninu Mazumdar passed away on March 3 2000. Some of his songs have become so popular that people often do not even remember who wrote or composed them.

He gave music to 19 Hindi films – Black out-1942,Amanat, Masterjee, School Master, Kiran, Paristan, Rangila Dost, Main kya karun, Gudiya, Jail yatra, Gopinath, Kuch naya, Aflatoon, Pul, Raj ratan, Ram Shastri, Teen Tasweeren, Bhai Saheb-54 and Punam ka chaand-67.

He sang 28 songs in 13 films and directed 1 film-Kuchh naya-48

His son Uday gave music to TV serial ” Buniyaad ” in the 80s.

The Director CHIMANLAL MULJIBHOY LUHAR ( 1901-1948) was a Chemistry graduate from Bombay University. He started writing as a critic and author in journals like Beesvin sadee, Navchetan and Bombay Chronicle. He joined film line as a lab Assistant in Kohinoor studios in early 20s. Soon he became a noted cameraman for several documentaries, with K.D.Brothers, Bombay,under a British cameraman of Prince of Wales’ official entourage. After a brief stint at Rajkot with Saurashtra Films and a longer one at Krishna Films-where he shot 20 films, he joined Sharada Studios with ‘Dagabaz Duniya-1926 and several stunt films by Master Vithal. He turned a producer for a few stunt films. Later he was a partner in Sharda films and a Director with Sagar Movietone(1934-1940). From 1941 to 46 he worked for Prakash Pictures. He directed Sassi Punnu-32,Silver King-35 Talash-E-haq (first film of Nargis, made by Jaddanbai)-35, Do deewane, Kharab Jaan, Capt. Kirtikumar, Dynamite, Kaun kisika, Sewa Samaj, Saubhagya, Darshan, Station master, School Master, Uss paar and Bindiya. He died at the young age of 47 years,in 1948. He had established his own production outfit ‘Sun Art Pictures’ in 1943, but he made only 3 films with it -School Master-43, Uss Paar-44 and Bindiya-46, before he died, after a prolonged illness.

I have heard 6 songs of this film and I was,honestly,impressed with the songs. There are 2 songs by Ninu Majumdar himself and 2 duets of Karan Dewan and Rajkumari. Both the duets are light comedies. With today’s song the film School Master – 1943 makes its Debut on the Blog.

(credits- HFGK,wiki, Prof.Yadav’s book, star portraits,encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, Filmdom-46, inhe na bhulana, Filmindia-43 and my notes)


Song-Mera khuli hawa mein bangla (School Master)(1943) Singers-Karan Dewan, Rajkumari, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Ninu Majumdar

Lyrics

Mera khuli hawa mein bangla
mera khuli hawa mein bangla
bangle mein balam akela
kahaan hai meri banglewaali

kahaan hai teri banglewaali
pardesi des paraaya
jahaan teri kahin banglewaali

ho aisi banglewaali
ho aisi banglewaali
roop ho kaali
chaal matwaali
kahaan hai teri banglewaali
pardesi des paraaya
jahaan teri kahin banglewaali

bangle de(?) baanke sanwariya
bangle de(?) baanke sanwariya
?? aankh milaaye najariya
?? aankh milaaye najariya
hamre dil mein unki maala
unke munh mein gaali

kahaan hai meri banglewaali
bangle mein balam akela
kahaan hai meri banglewaali

dilon beech deewaar na kheencho
dilon beech deewaar na kheencho
phool chaaho to kaliyaan seencho
phool chaaho to kaliyaan seencho
aao pujaari khadi pujaarin
aao pujaari khadi pujaarin
liye prem ki thhaali
haan liye prem ki thhaali
haan liye prem ki thhaali

kahaan hai meri banglewaali
bangle mein balam akela
kahaan hai meri banglewaali


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Blog Day : 3720 Post No. : 14654

“Teen Tasweeren”(1954) was produced by Shree Gaglani and directed by S S Solanki for Ashok Studios, Bombay. This movie had Anil, Kishore, Devendra, Neena Makker, Sharda, Munshi Khanjar, Kumar etc in it.

The movie had at least seven songs in it, may be more.

The songs are as obscure as the movie. One song has been covered in the past.

Here is the second song from “Teen Tasweeren”(1954) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Kaumudi Munshi. Prem Dhawan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ninu Majumdar.

Only the audio of this song is available. Kaumudi Munshi was the only female singer in this movie so it would seem that she sang for the leading lady in the movie who could be Neena Makkar. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this melancholic song.


Song-Kaajal kaali raat re (Teen Tasweeren)(1954) Singer-Kaumudi Munshi, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Ninu Majumdar

Lyrics

Kaajal kaali raat re ae
Kaajal kaali raat re
koi samjhaaye
koi bataaye
koi samjhaaye
koi bataaye
kab hogi prabhaat re ae
Kaajal kaali raat hai
Kaajal kaali raat re

murjhaaye phoole pe haaye
koi bhanwra kab aata hai
murjhaaye phoole pe haaye
koi bhanwra kab aata hai
apne tan ka saaya bhi to
din dhalte chhup jaata hai
koi na dewe saath re ae
kaajal kaali raat re

aaj ye ooncha neela ambar
sulag raha hai angaaron mein aen aen aen
aaj ye ooncha neela ambar
sulag raha hai angaaron mein
yaa mere apne hi aansoo
chhalak rahe hain in taaron mein
bin saawan barsaat re
kaajal kaali raat re


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog.This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3670 Post No. : 14547

Is Raj Kapoor singing a song for himself?

That was my reaction (to myself) when I heard for the first time, the song ae duniya ke rahne waalon bolo kahaan gaya chitchor from ‘Dil Ki Raani’ (1947) on the Blog. I could not believe that it was Raj Kapoor’s voice. This happened just a few days after I joined the Blog in July 2011. At that time, I felt that this could be a case of giving credit to the actor on the gramophone record label on whom the song was picturised instead of accrediting the real playback singer who could be someone else. At that time, I was not even aware of Har Mandir Singh ‘Hamraaz’ saab’s publications, Hindi Films Geet Kosh (HFGK).

During early 1970s, I used to spend almost every week-end with my friends who were the admirers of the old Hindi film songs. I do not recall any conversation about Raj Kapoor (or for that matter, Dilip Kumar, Nalini Jaywant and Meena Kumari) singing the songs in the films for themselves. Of course, Ashok Kumar’s singing was well known because of the popularity of his songs from films like ‘Achhut Kanya’ (1936), ‘Jhoola’ (1941) etc.

Since then, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. The publication of HFGK in the 80s and the advent of Internet have disseminated a lot more information relating to Hindi films and songs which were hitherto not known to most of us. Also, there are now film information sharing platforms like Recorded Music Indian Music (RMIM), Society of Indian Record Collectors (SIRC) and many other informal Groups. Also, we have our own Blog to revalidate the information on the Hindi film songs.

Coming back to Raj Kapoor as a singer, I have heard his voice in two other songs also – one each from ‘Jail Yatra’ (1947) and ‘Gopinath’ (1948). In my view, Raj Kapoor had a good singing voice worthy of becoming an actor-singer. His renditions were very close to that of the professional playback singers. As a testimony of Raj Kapoor as a good singer, watch this video as to how he has rendered the song ‘ae bhai jara dekh ke chalo’ from ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970) in a stage show presented by Raj Kapoor for the Indian Navy a few days before the release of his film in December 1970. In this show, while a few other songs from the films were rendered by Mohammed Rafi and Mukesh, Raj Kapoor had to sing this song as Manna Dey could not attend the stage show.

It is a well-known fact that Raj Kapoor was a musically inclined producer-director. He personally supervised all aspects of song compositions especially in the films which he produced and directed under R K Banner. Lata Mangeshkar in her chat with Indian Express has recently said:

Raj saab was a complete musician. He played the tabla, the harmonium and the piano. He composed songs and sang them in his own voice before handing them over to professional playback singers. He could have easily scored the music in his films. But he chose not to take credit for the music in his films.(Indian Express, March 20, 2018).

An old article written by Journalist Lata Khubchandani, which was reproduced in ‘Cineplot’, also confirm the musical inclination of Raj Kapoor. Later, she also wrote and published a book – ‘Raj Kapoor – The Great Showman (2005). In the words of Raj Kapoor, quoted by Lata Khubchandani:

From the earliest days, I have been interested in music. In fact, my first ambition was to be a music director. I even sang in my earlier films like Chitchor (probably, meant ‘Dil Ki Rani’), Chitor Vijay, Jail Yatra and Gopinath. When words fail, it is music that conveys much more than all words put together.

I wonder as to why Raj Kapoor did not become an actor-singer and left his ambition of becoming the music director in the back burner which he could have done easily for the films he was the producer-director-actor. I have also no idea as to when Raj Kapoor got interested in music. Probably his biographies should throw some lights in these matters. Since I do not have his biographies in my collections and they are not available online, I have relied on ‘circumstantial evidences’ to draw some conclusions.

When Prithviraj Kapoor was associated with the New Theatres, Calcutta (Kolkata) during 1933-39, the young Raj Kapoor was with him. He may have been influenced by the singing of K L Saigal. The autobiography of Kidar Sharma mentions that K L Saigal was a regular visitor to Prithviraj Kapoor’s house for musical soirees. Probably, the young Raj Kapoor may have also exposed to R C Boral who was composing songs for the films of New Theatres in which Prithviraj Kapoor acted. These environments may have attracted him towards the music.

Sometime in 1946, Raj Kapoor was put under the tutelage of Pandit Jagannath Prasad (a cousin of music director Khemchand Prakash). Mukesh was also learning the classical music from him. One day, when Mukesh was practising a particular raag , Raj Kapoor loved his voice and felt that his own voice paled in comparison with Mukesh’s voice. At that time, Mukesh had said to Raj Kapoor that he can take his voice. (Ref: The Hindu, June 16, 2003). How true it was to become in the later days. Although Mukesh sang 4 songs in Raj Kapoor’s first film in a lead role, ‘Neel Kamal’ (1947), none of these songs were picturised on Raj Kapoor. It was in ‘Aag’ (1948) that Mukesh became the voice of Raj Kapoor for the first time.

Just before his marriage in May 1946, Raj Kapoor was appointed as an Assistant in Prithvi Theatres and was associated with the production of one of its popular plays ‘Deewar’ (1946). In the review of the play, which appeared in May 1946 issue of ‘Filmindia’, the reviewer praised Raj Kapoor’s acting as a family servant in the drama and devoted one full paragraph on it. In addition to acting, he was the Art Director and assisted in light and sound arrangements and also to Ram Ganguli, the music director. Perhaps, all round experience gained from the play, ‘Deewar’ seemed to have encouraged him to produce, direct and act in the first film ‘Aag’ (1948) under his own banner. With this, Raj Kapoor appears to have decided to concentrate as director-actor and fulfil his ambition of becoming music director with a ‘back seat driving’.

As far as I know, Raj Kapoor sang 4 songs as an actor-singer out of which only one song as mentioned above has been covered in the Blog. The remaining 3 songs are as under :

SN Song Co Singer Movie
1. Piya milne naveli nadi jaaye re Solo Jail Yatra (1947).
2. Lehraaye mori laal chunariya with Nalini Mulgaonkar Jail Yatra (1947)
3. Jab se Dekha hai tumhen Solo Gopinath (1948)

In Lata Khubchandani’s article referred to above, the name of ‘Chittor Vijay’ (1947) has propped up in which Raj Kapoor has reportedly sung a song. However, none of the songs of the film is available on line as far as I know.

I am presenting today, one of the rarest songs ‘piya milne naveli nadi jaaye re’ from ‘Jail Yatra’ (1947) sung by Raj Kapoor. The song was not available on YT until about 4 months back. The video was uploaded from the mp3 clip provided by Saregama. Since it was wrongly captioned, I have uploaded a new video of the song made by me by downloading mp3 clip from the Saregama website (with a small price). The song was written by Rammurty Chaturvedi and wa sset to music by Ninu Mazumdar.

Enjoy the song in the voice of Raj Kapoor which is probably based on one of the folk songs from Gujarat.


Song-Piya milne naveli nadi jaaye re(Jail Yatra)(1947) Singer-Raj Kapoor, Lyrics-Rammurty Chaturvedi, MD-Ninu Majumdar

Lyrics

piya milne naveli nadi jaaye re…ae
piya milne naveli nadi jaaye re
main akela chala dard dabaaye re
jiya mein liye haay re
jiya mein liye haay re
piya milne naveli nadi jaaye re
main akela chala dard dabaaye re
jiya mein liye haay re
jiya mein liye haay re

kaale baadal ghumad ghir aaye re..e
kale baadal
kaale baadal ghumad ghir aaye re
naache mor man mor ghabraaye re..ae
naache mor man mor ghabraaye re..ae
choom kaliyon ko
choom kaliyon ko bhanwra geet gaaye re
na aaj saha jaaye re
choom kaliyon ko
choom kaliyon ko bhanwra geet gaaye re
na aaj saha jaaye re
main akela chala dard dabaaye re
jiya mein liye haay re
jiya mein liye haay re

lata pedon se lipat laharaaye re
lata pedon se lipat laharaaye re
dekh-dekh ke umang lalchaaye re..e
dekh-dekh ke umang lalchaaye re..e
lata pedon se
lata pedon se lipat lahraaye re
mujhe chaaron oar soona dikhlaaye re
mujhe chaaron oar soona dikhlaaye re
kisi ki yaad aaye re
mujhe chaaron oar soona dikhlaaye re
kisi ki yaad aaye re
main akela chala dard dabaaye re
jiya mein liye haay re
jiya mein liye haay re


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3599 Post No. : 14366

Today’s song is from the 1953 film ‘Raaj Ratan’.

Since childhood, we have been hearing stories of kings and queens. Most stories have a set pattern- good king, crooked vazier (minister), dutiful son, happy ending ! To go from start to finish, lot of masala used to be present, which actually made these stories interesting. We all knew the end, but it was the curiosity to know how it was achieved in the film. These stories had variations-

– Sometimes the Prince would fall prey to bad company and his beloved would set things right for him

– The Sage declares that a certain fruit of a certain tree from a certain jungle would restore the king’s eyesight  or

– The young prince is lost when still an infant, is brought up by a loyal servant, who has a lovely daughter, just made for the prince !  etc.

The attraction of these stories of kings and queens remained with us till around the time we got married and faced the realities of life.

Costume films were made for younger people – children and elders who still felt like children. ALAS ! these types of movies stopped being made by the end of the 50’s decade. Nowadays films are made in this genre, in a disguised way, using computerised special effects and having a science based background. The basic plot of good vs bad still remains the same, but presented in a way suitable for current times. That is why films like Harry Potter etc. are making millions.

Film ‘Raaj Ratan’ was also a costume drama, having the beaten track formula of the lost prince etc. The cast of the film was Nirupa Roy, Ranjana, Ulhas, Jairaj, Sapru, Hiralal, Baby Tabassum etc. Actor Trilok Kapoor had made a Guest appearance in this film. It was produced by the Mohan Pictures workers’ society. The music was by Ninu Majumdar and songs were from Bharat Vyas.

I have seen this film in when it was released, however, I do not have its storyline with me now. I selected a song from this film with a purpose. The heroine of this film was Ranjana. Now, hardly anyone knows about this actress who had worked as a heroine with Dilip Kumar in his early career.No information is available about her in any book or on the internet. Here is some information about her, for our readers.

Ranjana’s real name was Ratan Shantaram Deshpande. She was born in Nagpur on 20-10-1927. While studying in St. Ursula High School, she learnt dancing and music from well known ustads. After passing her 6th standard examination, she came to Bombay to her elder sister, Kusum Deshpande, who was already working as actress with Minerva Movietone films. Kusum married Vasant Thengadi, a handsome actor in Hindi films of those times.

Kusum arranged for specialised dance training for Ratan in the holidays. Later Ratan was taken to Vijay Bhatt of Prakash Pictures for an interview. She was immediately selected and got a role in the famous film ‘Ram Rajya’ (1943). In this film she was Chitralekha, Sita’s sakhi. Vijay Bhatt also changed her name to Ranjana. She was on pay roles of Prakash Pictures for Rs. 2000 pm. She acted in  films like ‘Police’ (1944), ‘Vikramaditya’ (1945) and ‘Hamaara Sansar’ (1945). Next films were ‘Nai Maa’ (1946) and ‘Zamin Aasman’ (1946).

Ranjana was called by Bombay Talkies for heroine’s role opposite Dilip kumar in the film ‘Milan’ (1946). This film was based on the Bangla film ‘Nauka Doobi’ written by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. She did the role of Hem Nalini in this film’s Hindi version. The same role was done by Meera Sircar in the Bangla film ‘Nauka Doobi’.

After this film, Ranjana was in great demand, but she wanted to quit films and get married to live a simple life. But as luck would have it, she had to continue working in films till 1975. She also worked in many Marathi films. In all, she worked in about 35 films. Ranjana worked with many big stars of her times like Prem Adeeb, Prithviraj Kapoor, Jairaj, Dilip Kumar, Jeevan, Umakant etc. It is interesting to note that her sister and her brother-in-law acted with her in few films. Some such films were ‘Zamin Aqsman’ (1946) and ‘Shadi Se Pehle’ (1947). In the film ‘Saajan Ka Ghar’ (1948) all three had worked together.

Her sister Kusum Deshpande was born on 20-11-1914 at Nagpur. She came to Bombay in 1930 and worked in Minerva as an apprentice, without pay. She also worked with All India Radio, and in some Marathi dramas and films. Her first Hindi film was ‘Ghar Ki Rani’ (1940). She also did ‘Charnon Ki Daasi’ (1941), ‘Village Girl’ (1945), ‘Wamaq Azra’ (1946) and ‘Zamin Aasmaan’ (1946). In all she did 20 Hindi films. She married actor Vasant Thengadi on 30-11-1944.

Vasant Thengadi was born on 11-1-1910 at Nagpur. He was the son of a Congress leader Dhaniram Thengadi. Vasant had his education in Poona. He could not join army (then the British Army), because of his father’s political connections. He had to leave his Engineering college after father’s death. Being very handsome, tall and with good physique, he started working in Marathi dramas and films. He started his Hindi work with film ‘Dhuwaandhaar’ (1935). [Author Note: This was also the Debut film for Leela Chitnis and Meera Alexander]. He started doing villain roles and became popular and famous. Besides Marathi films, his Hindi films were ‘Taramati’ (1945), ‘Phir Bhi Apna Hai’ (1946), ‘Mera Ladka’ (1938), ‘Din Raat’ (1945), ‘Ten O’clock’ (1942) etc. Later he also worked as assistant director to Raja Nene.

We have many families like this in Hindi films. I remember Zubeida and her mother and sisters, Sitara Devi and her 2 sisters, Nargis, her mother and brothers, Kapoor family, Dilip kumar, his brother and sister in law, many film couples and families of several film people are examples. Ranjana was perhaps one early example. Thank God this Ranjana was not around when yet another Ranjana came to Hindi films. She was Ranjana Deshmukh, niece of actress Sandhya (nee Vijaya Deshmukh). This Ranjana, however , worked mainly in Marathi films and did only 4 Hindi films starting with the famous film ‘Chaani’ (1977). Unfortunately, she first met with an accident and then died of Heart attack at the age of just 40 years or so.

‘Raaj Ratan’ has 7 songs – 3 Geeta solos,  2 Asha solos 1 solo each of Meena Kapoor and Rafi. Today’s song is a 2 in 1 song. Part 1 and 2 combined in one song having a 78 RPM record of two sides. The Music was by Ninu Mujumdar (9-9-1915 to 3-3-2000), who sang 28 songs in 13 films and composed 169 songs in 18 films.

[Author’s Note: Acknowledgements and thanks – The above write up refers to and has adapted material from ‘Who’s Who in Films’ (1946), muVyz, and my own notes.]

[Ed Note: This is a multilingual song that has the following languages present in the lyrics flow – Hindi, Maarwari, Gujarati, Marathi and Bangla. The lyrics for this multi-lingual song have been deciphered and contributed by,
a. Marathi lyrics by Dr. Anil Satwick
b. Bengali lyrics and Bangla script by Antaraa Nanda Mondal
c. Gujarati lyrics and Gujarati script by yours truly
Both Dr Anil Satwick and Antaraa are very dear friends and are part of our extended music lovers group in Delhi. Acknowledgements and thanks are due to both for their tremendous help in getting the lyrics right.
Regarding the Marathi lyrics, Dr Satwick is not sure of all the words, due to lack of clarity in the recording. I request other friends who are familiar with the Marathi vocabulary and script to please help with corrections to the lyrics, if any.]

 


Song – Rang Rangeeli Naariyon Ke Rang Rangeele Vesh Hain (Raaj Ratan) (1953) Singer – Geeta Dutt, Lyrics – Bharat Vyas, Music – Ninu Majumdar

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

rang rangeeli naariyon ke
rang rengeele vesh hain
rang rangeeli naariyon ke
rang rengeele vesh hain
roop hain anek aur
ek in ka desh hai
ek in ka desh hai

rang rangeeli naariyaan
jaise phulwaariaan
bagiya mein mehak rahi
kesar ki kyaariaan
dekh lo. . .
dekh lo

dekh lo banaras ki sundari
jiski lehraati lehron si chundari
jo gaati hai daadra aur thumri
thumak thumak gaati hai daadra aur thumri

oo oo oo
laagi naahin chhoote ho raama
chaahe jiya jaaye raama ho
chaahe jiya jaaye
chaahe jiya jaaye raama o ho
chaahe jiya jaaye
chaahe jiya jaaye
chaahe jiya jaaye

peepal ke jhaad hain
ret ke pahaad hain
ghunghat mein naach raha mast maarwaad hai
dekh lo. . .
dekh lo
dekh lo

sarvar paani lene jaaun to
najar lag jaaye
sarvar paani lene jaaun to
najar lag jaaye
mhaari toshni pade ko dhaula rang ud jaaye
ho dhaula rang ud jaaye
mhaare heengdu ki tikiya(?) darad bhar jaaye
sarvar paani lene jaaun to
najar lag jaaye
najar lag jaaye
haaye dulhan hoye jaaye
najar lag jaaye
haaye dulhan hoye jaaye
sarvar paani lene jaaun to
najar lag jaaye

rang rangeeli naariyon ke
rang rengeele vesh hain
rang rangeeli naariyon ke
rang rengeele vesh hain
roop hain anek aur
ek in ka desh hai
ek in ka desh hai
rang rangeeli naariyaan
jaise phulwaariaan
bagiya mein mehak rahi
kesar ki kyaariaan

naajukadi naar chale paayal jhankaar
range mehndi se gore gore haath hain
poonam ki raat
goonje garbe ka geet
aisa preet bhara
sangeet bhara pyaar gujraat hai
dekh lo. . .
dekh lo

mehndi ki maandi naar ve
aeno rang gayo goojrat re
mehndi rang laagyo ri
naano jiyaario laadpo kai
laagyo mehndi na chhodbe
mehndi rang laagyo ri

lambe hain kesh
aadha mardaana vesh
aur haathon mein teekhi talwar hai
rann mein lade veer naari maraathan
ran chandi ka avatar hai
dekh lo..oo..oo..oo..oo

hey dhanya maharani jhansi
ghodyavar khaashi
kuthoon kahi ghushi ganeema kare lail ke dwaar
chap-chapa chaal ek talwar
sukhandi pasri kirti paar ji
ji ji ji ji ji
nawaaja (??) hauj(?) to paar ji
ji ji ji ji ji

ey ji saanwra baran
komal komal charan
ey ji saanwra baran
komal komal charan
kaare kaare do naina vishaal hain
taaron ki chhahan taley
bikhra ke kesh chaley
jaadu bhara bangaal hai
ho dekho jaadu bhara bangaal hai
dekh lo. . .
dekh lo

tumi kaader kuler bou
go tumi kaader kuler bou
jamuna jol aante jaachchho
shonge neyi to keu
tumi kaader kuler bou
jamuna jol aante jaachchho
shonge neyi to keu
tumi kaader kuler bou
tumi kaader kuler bou

rang rangeeli naariyon ke
rang rengeele vesh hain
rang rangeeli naariyon ke
rang rengeele vesh hain
roop hain anek aur
ek in ka desh hai
ek in ka desh hai

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Hindi and Gujarati script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
Bangla script lyrics (Provided by Antaraa Nanda Mondal)
Marathi lyrics (Provided by Dr Anil Satwick)
———————————————————
रंग रंगीली नारियों के
रंग रंगीले वेश हैं
रंग रंगीली नारियों के
रंग रंगीले वेश हैं
रूप हैं अनेक और
एक इन का देश है
एक इन का देश है

रंग रंगीली नारियां
जैसे फुलवारियाँ
बगिया में महक रही
केसर की क्यारियाँ
देख लो॰ ॰ ॰
देख लो

देख लो बनारस की सुंदरी
जिसकी लहराती लहरों सी चुंदरी
जो गाती है दादरा और ठुमरी
ठुमक ठुमक गाती है दादरा और ठुमरी

ओ ओ ओ
लागि नाहीं छूटे हो रामा
चाहे जिया जाये रामा हो
चाहे जिया जाये
चाहे जिया जाये रामा ओ हो
चाहे जिया जाये
चाहे जिया जाये
चाहे जिया जाये

पीपल के झाड़ हैं
रेत के पहाड़ हैं
घूँघट में नाच रहा मस्त मारवाड़ है
देख लो॰ ॰ ॰
देख लो
देख लो

सरवर पानी लेने जाऊन तो
नजर लग जाये
सरवर पानी लेने जाऊन तो
नजर लग जाये
म्हारी तोशनी पड़े को धौला रंग उड़ जाये
हो धौला रंग उड़ जाये
म्हारे हींगड़ू की तिकिया(?) दरद भर जाये
सरवर पानी लेने जाऊन तो
नजर लग जाये
नजर लग जाये
हाए दुल्हन होए जाए
नजर लग जाये
हाए दुल्हन होए जाए
सरवर पानी लेने जाऊन तो
नजर लग जाये

रंग रंगीली नारियों के
रंग रंगीले वेश हैं
रंग रंगीली नारियों के
रंग रंगीले वेश हैं
रूप हैं अनेक और
एक इन का देश है
एक इन का देश है
रंग रंगीली नारियां
जैसे फुलवारियाँ
बगिया में महक रही
केसर की क्यारियाँ

नाजुकड़ी नार चले पायल झंकार
रंगे मेहंदी से गोरे गोरे हाथ हैं
पूनम की रात
गूँजे गरबे का गीत
ऐसा प्रीत भरा प्यार गुजरात है
देख लो॰ ॰ ॰
देख लो

मेहंदी की मांडी नार वे
ऐनो रंग गयो गूजरात रे
मेहंदी रंग लाग्यो री
नानो जियारिओ लाडपो कई
लाग्यो मेहंदी ना छोडबे
मेहंदी रंग लाग्यो री
મહેંદી કી માંડી નાર વે
એનો રંગ ગેઓ ગુજારાત રે
મહેંદી રંગ લાગઓ રી
નાનો જિયારિયો લાડપો કાઈ
લાગઓ મહેંદી ના છોડબે
મહેંદી રંગ લાગઓ રી

लंबे हैं केश
आधा मर्दाना वेश
और हाथों में तीखी तलवार है
रण में लड़े वीर नारी मराठन
रण चण्डी का अवतार है
देख लो॰॰ओ॰॰ओ॰॰ओ॰॰ओ

हे धन्य महाराणी झांशी
घोड्यावर खाशी
कुठून कोहे घुशी
गनीमा करे लैल के द्वार
चप-चपा चाल एक तलवार
सुखण्डी पसरी किरती पार जी
जी जी जी जी जी
नवाजा (??) हौज(?) तो पार जी
जी जी जी जी जी

ए जी सांवरा बरण
कोमल कोमल चरण
ए जी सांवरा बरण
कोमल कोमल चरण
कारे कारे दो नैना विशाल है
तारों की छाहाँ तले
बिखरा के केश चले
जादू भरा बंगाल है
हो देखो जादू भरा बंगाल है
देख लो॰ ॰ ॰
देख लो

तुमि कादेर कुलेर बोउ
गो तुमि कादेर कुलेर बोउ
जमुना जोल आन्ते जाच्छो
शोंगे नेई तो केयो
तुमि कादेर कुलेर बोउ
जमुना जोल आन्ते जाच्छो
शोंगे नेई तो केयो
तुमि कादेर कुलेर बोउ
तुमि कादेर कुलेर बोउ
তুমি কাদের কুলের বৌ
গো তুমি কাদের কুলের বৌ
যমুনা জল আনতে যাচ্ছ,
সঙ্গে নেই তো কেউ
তুমি কাদের কুলের বৌ
যমুনা জল আনতে যাচ্ছ,
সঙ্গে নেই তো কেউ
তুমি কাদের কুলের বৌ
তুমি কাদের কুলের বৌ

रंग रंगीली नारियों के
रंग रंगीले वेश हैं
रंग रंगीली नारियों के
रंग रंगीले वेश हैं
रूप हैं अनेक और
एक इन का देश है
एक इन का देश है


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

After an enforced hiatus of over a month, I am back again with yet another song from the yore.

During this period, I acutely realised how much this Blog, its people, Hindi old films and songs had become a part of my life and I missed all this. When I was younger and ran after my career, the same feeling used to be there. Now of course, there are deadlines, commitments, accountability and work satisfaction, but of different kind. Equally important, nevertheless. I was overwhelmed with the good wishes and prayers for me from friends during this period. God is Great and everything fitted in place finally and I am once again ready to pour my heart here in discussing songs, people and films. Thanks to all.
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This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

“Kuchh Naya”(1948) was directed by Ninu Majumdar for Shanti pictures, Bombay. This “social” movie had Ramesh Arora, Sudha Rao, Ramesh Sinh, Purnima Chaudhary, R S Dubey, Tribhuwan Sinha, Sharad Rao, Master Prakash etc in it.
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This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

“Aazmaaish”(1952) was produced and directed by H S Tharani for Vinod Pictures, Bombay. This by now forgotte movies had forgotten names like Baburao, Prakash, Shanta Patel, Neeta Roy, Habeeb, Maqbool, Nazeer Kashmiri, Sheikh Brothers, Manju, Mehbooba, Dhondu, Hussain, Balaram, Deepak, Moosa, Hanuman, H Lal etc in it.
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This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

“Raj Ratan”(1953) was directed by Indu Kumar for Majdooristaan, Bombay. The movie had Nirupa Roy, ranjana, Jairaj, Ulhas, sapru, Hiralal, Roopmala, Baby Tabassum, Anwari Bai, Prakash, P D Lal, Arvind Kumar etc with Trilok Kapoor in guest appearance.
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This blog discusses Bollywood songs of yesteryears. Every song has a brief description, followed by a video link, and complete lyrics of the song.

This is a labour of love, where “new” songs are added every day, and that has been the case for over ELEVEN years. This blog has over 15400 song posts by now.

This blog is active and online for over 4000 days since its beginning on 19 july 2008.

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